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1967 Roberto Clemente Pro-Model All-Star Game Bat

Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $7,050

Extremely rare Adirondack block-letter model "139X" bat specially produced and issued to Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente for use in the 1967 All-Star Game held on July 11th at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California. Graded A7 by MEARS. All-Star bats, like World Series bats, are favorites with collectors because each is specifically made for use in a special game, and because each can be dated to a very specific year. The bat is specially stamped "1967 All Stars" in block letters directly below Clemente's name (last name only) on the barrel. The bat displays only minimal use; however, lack of use is not uncommon for All-Star bats, especially if they were only used for the one game. Clemente started in right field for the National League in the 1967 All-Star Game, which turned out to be a fifteen-inning pitchers' duel that ended in a 2-1 victory for the senior circuit. The game featured a record thirty strikeouts and all three runs were the result of solo home runs. Unlike today, where players are substituted for freely, a number of players for both clubs played the entire fifteen innings, including Clemente. In six at bats Clemente recorded one hit, a single in the first inning off of Dean Chance. Clemente was in the midst of perhaps the finest overall season of his career in 1967. Not only did he lead the National League in batting with a career-high .357 average, but he also recorded the second-highest totals of his career, respectively, in home runs (23), and RBI (110), while registering a league-high 209 hits. At season's end he earned his seventh Gold Glove Award (of an eventual twelve) and a third-place finish in the MVP balloting. Clemente was a fixture on the National League All-Star roster every year from 1960 through 1972, with the exception of 1968. Despite his lengthy participation in the midsummer classic, Clemente All-Star Game bats are exceedingly rare. This is the first we have ever offered, and one of only five examples we have ever seen or heard of (one from 1965, two from 1968, and one from 1972). Although the bat shows only minimal use, it does display a moderate-to-heavy amount of surface wear, including some light discoloration on the back of the barrel, an approximate two-inch circular ring of what appears to be light adhesive residue around the barrel (just above the center brand), and a few tiny chips to the knob. The name "Clemente" is written on the end of the knob in blue ink. Length: 36 inches. Weight: 34.6 ounces. Graded A7 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 3 points for its All-Star Game provenance, but minus 1 point for the light discoloration on the back of the barrel). This is one of only two Clemente All-Star Game bats listed in the MEARS census and it ranks as the highest-graded example. This is a remarkable Roberto Clemente All-Star bat dating from his greatest season. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $7,050

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